Climb on up and lets embark on a journey through the beautiful wilderness of the North, captured through the many camera lenses of Mike Robin. Join us as we witness first hand, the day to day operations of the North's legendary Ontario Northland Railway. Ready to go? Well, put on your bug spray because we're heading North!
Saturday, March 28, 2020
December 2019 In Photos
You know it's wintertime when the sounds of leaf blowers can be heard echoing through the yard. The sun has gone down but the work carries on as Cochrane's Section clears switches while heavy snow falls on a chilly December 6, 2019.
The Christmas spirit is alive and kicking at Cochrane Station December 7, 2019.
Cochrane Shops Hostlers Wendy and Jonathan arrive to wye the power for 213 (SD75I 2101 & SD40-2 1730) December 6 2019.
Shoving tonnage into the south yard, GP38-2 1801 kicks up the snow during the afternoon yard job at Cochrane Dec. 6, 2019.
50 foot reefer 250 at Cochrane Yard's Freight Shed on a stormy December 6, 2019.
GP38-2 1806 and the Cochrane Shops' Dodge Ram sit quietly on a cold December 7, 2019.
GP40-2 2201 and GP38-2 1802 stand ready to roll at Cochrane Shops December 7, 2019.
One of Ontario Northland's snowfighters is taking a rare break on the blower track at Cochrane Yard Dec. 7, 2019.
GP9 1601 arrives at Cochrane via 213 after a lengthy stay at North Bay December 13, 2019.
213 rolls in from Englehart with SD75I 2104 on point while GP38-2 1809 working yard duty rolls out with southbound Ryam loads in the North Yard at Cochrane Dec. 13, 2019.
GP38-2 1809, the first unit to recieve ONR's 'arrow' paint livery, is seen teamed up with GP40-2 2202 on 3 track at Cochrane Shops December 14, 2019.
The northbound 421 Polar Bear rolls through mile 1.8 of the Island Falls Sub at track speed December 16, 2019.
Dining car 701 is seen in the coach yard at Cochrane Dec. 14, 2019.
The passenger consist of the 421 Polar Bear snakes it's way from the ladder track, through the center lead and onto the main on a frigid December 16, 2019.
Boarding the 421 Polar Bear at Cochrane December 16, 2019.
A 'Saturday Shops Shot' featuring plow 554 standing ready to be hauled into service at Cochrane December 21, 2019.
A special Sunday 421 Polar Bear rolls northward through mile .64 of the Island Falls Sub. December 22, 2019.
All is quiet in Cochrane's Coach Yard on a chilly December 21, 2019.
Reefer 252 and GP40-2 2201 are seen at the south end of Cochrane Shops December 21 2019.
It's Christmas Day but the tonnage has to move as we catch Don and Glen hauling southbound 414 at Mile 23 of the Devonshire Sub heading for Englehart.
Ontario Northland's latest SD40-2 rebuild the 1733 is seen holding her own and maintaining her shiny new coat running second fiddle on 414 at Cochrane December 25, 2019.
GP38-2 1802 is surrounded by a beautifully lit up morning sunrise at Cochrane Shops December 26, 2019.
The morning sun peeks out from the clouds bouncing off the morning's 421 Polar Bear at Cochrane December 26, 2019.
Over the last 20 years of photographing and chronicling my adventures along the Ontario Northland, I wound up meeting some great people who ended up becoming good friends. I ran into one of those good friends Don who gives an enthusiastic wave from 414's lead unit 2105 at Cochrane Dec. 25, 2019.
The beautiful sunrise reflects off of GP38-2 1805 at Cochrane Shops December 26, 2019.
The morning sun bounces off the boarding Polar Bear Express at Cochrane Dec. 26, 2019.
Southbound 414 preps to pull at Cochrane December 25, 2019.
The 421 Polar Bear embarks on her New Year's Eve journey north out of Cochrane December 31, 2019.
GP9 1601 is captured on the Rip at Cochrane Shops Dec. 28, 2019.
GP38-2 's 1808 and 1806 are good to go on track 4 at Cochrane Shops December 25, 2019.